badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2005
burnt orange app. with medium white frothy head...aroma is full of cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, and pumpkin...flavor is the exact same, with a heavier emphasis on the cinnamon...a tad spicy
okay palate shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2007
12oz bottle consumed around Halloween 2007 in a side by side tasting with Arcadia Jaw Jacker. Deep clear amber pour with a head of thin white wispy lace. Aroma is pleasant even from feet away. Up close the aroma is quite strong - but nice. Rich pumpkin pie flavor that reminds me of thanksgiving dessert. I wasn’t expecting much but this turned out to be really nice. 8/4/7/3/16 Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with little head. Aroma and flavor chock full of spices. Ginger is dominant but also getting some nutmeg and cinnamon. Almost no pumpkin flavor though. I kind of like this beer. Will agree with Pailhead there is a certain sourness detectable. Still enjoyed it nonetheless. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Attractive amber pour with fluffy white head. Nose is prominent pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) and lightly roasted malt. The flavors are similarly pumpkin pie spice and sweet, sugary barley malt. Ok SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2005
12oz Bottle. Pours a light brown color with very minimal fizzy head. Nose is pumpkin pie, light nuts. Taste is mostly pumpkin, a bit fall spicy, some carbonation, with a sour, lightly bitter finish.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Very light on pumpkin and spices in the taste but bold in the nose. Still this makes it a more balanced version of this Thanksgiving treat. Malts are a bit thin, but evident over the pumpkin. Hoppy finish mixes well with the spices. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Illinois. I poured it into a tulip glass.
kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Appearance: Brunt umber/dirty orange color; extremely hazy body but some carbonation visible. Forms a white frothy head with good retention and lacing.
Smell: A potpourri aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and other sweet spices.
Taste: Usually pumpkin ales fall into one of two categories: the pumpkin potpourri beer, or the pumpkin pie beer. Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale is a little bit of both with strong taste of individual spices, but of the lighter, sweeter variety. The finish is all pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie with a sweet, pastry-like taste but isn’t sugary or cloying in the least. There’s even a gentle cinnamon presence to create for a crust-like flavor, too.
It starts out slightly mild with a general mélange of the usual pumpkin suspects: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Thankfully it’s light on the more earthy, rustic-type spices and a complete absence of cardamom (thank you!). There’s a breadiness imparted from the malts that compliments these flavors extremely well creating for an authentic pumpkin muffin-like taste. On the finish comes the pumpkin pie flavor including the graham cracker crust. There’s a dash of vanilla in there, too, and an overall creamy, crème-like texture and taste. Very delectable and enjoyable because it seems so genuine and has no annoying aftertaste. Not the best pumpkin ale ever, but one of the best of the non-imperial variety.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied all around with a soft, creamy texture. Not tepid at all, but not overly effervescent, either.
Drinkability: I couldn’t get official numbers on this beer, but Rate Beer indicates it’s a 6% ABV brew, and I could certainly see that. With no alcohol presence in the nose, taste, or weight, Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale is quite robust. The palate, mouthfeel and extremely smooth finish make it a challenge to drink slowly. While not a refreshing beer, it’s versatile enough that it would pair with a meal or with dessert or as dessert itself, or just to enjoy on its own.
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2009 Bottle from Three Sons. This is the biggest for spices of this years crop so far. Nutmeg, vanilla and Orange fragrances, big spiced taste and surprisingly little bitter after taste. Amber color and modest head but really nice for the type.
Oct 2008 had this beer on tap at nagoo’s. Great spice aroma and flavor, grapes , bubblegum. Great beer for type in bottle or gdraft
2009 Version Bottle still Big, a little less sweet than prior year jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Given to me by a co-worker, bottled as "Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale," . Pours an orangey color with an off-white head. Taste is spicy, and full of pumpkin flavor. Pretty well balanced. Not my thing but if you like pumpkins... ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a big finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, with some caramel and bready malts and some pumpkin.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices including some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Through the middle, some brown sugar comes through with some more spices and pumpkin flavor. The finish is a mix of spices, bready malts, pumpkin, and some spices.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with spicy and slightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice pumpkin and with a good balance of pumpkin flavor and spices.